Educational Certification

Applicants from countries that offer a national examination certificate leading to university entrance:

  • Submit an official, certified copy of the certificate, including the examination results.
  • Send official information describing the educational system of the country, the examination program, and the grading system.

In the case that the country in which your high school curriculum is based is not listed in the following table, first check here. If it is not listed there either, follow the instructions provided below or contact Admissions Center in advance.

Educational SystemCertificate/Examinations
USA SAT (with Essay) or ACT Plus Writing
International Baccalaureate IB Full Diploma
Canada Completion of Required Curriculum for University Entrance
UK GCE Advanced level & GCSE
France French Baccalauréat
Germany Abitur
Australia Higher School Certificate or equivalent
New Zealand NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance
Japan SAT(with Essay), ACT Plus Writing or GCE A Level
Korea College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
Indonesia Ijazah SMA (Upper Secondary Certificate of Completion) incl. Ujian National (National Exam) results & SKHUN (Certificate of Graduation)
Singapore Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level & A-level

Applicants who choose to submit an Educational Certification other than the one on which their school curriculum is based* OR,
Applicants from countries that do NOT offer a national examination certificate leading to university entrance:

Must submit examination or test results from one of the following options:

  • SAT (with Essay) or ACT Plus Writing
  • General Certificate of Education in Advanced Level (GCE A Level)

*If your school curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate Full Diploma, Abitur, French Baccalauréat, GCE Advanced Level, etc. and is accredited by corresponding accrediting institutions only for these respective curricula, your acceptance may be cancelled if you are not able to fulfill the requirements for university entrance.

Applicants who are home-schooled or attending an unaccredited schools (applicants GED required), should refer to our policy and contact the Admissions Center well in advance as we may require additional documents such as official test scores of SAT Subject Tests or ask for alternative materials depending on your school curriculum and educational background.


USA: SAT (with Essay) or ACT Plus Writing

Applicants educated in an American-based educational system are to submit an official score report of the SAT (Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing, Mathematics) with the Essay option administered by the College Board or ACT Plus Writing Test. Previous SAT (Critical Reading, Mathematics, Writing) scores are also acceptable for the 2020 admissions.


Important notes for both tests

  • The score report ("College Report") must be sent directly from the testing institution. Official score report requests should be made when you register for the test. If you order a score report after the test, be sure to arrange it well in advance, as international delivery takes considerably longer than delivery within USA. Please keep a copy of your order invoice with the application documents as proof of the score arrangement.
  • Scores received by ICU after the specified deadlines cannot be considered.
  • Contact the testing institution, not ICU, for any test-related issues, including test score reporting.
  • SAT/ACT scores must be taken not more than five years before the time of application.

Please follw the instructions below for the test(s) you take.

SAT (with Essay)

  • When requesting your scores, indicate our institution code number: 0860
  • It frequently takes 4-6 weeks for the official score report to arrive at ICU from the College Board.
  • Please order the score report(s) by:
     July 30, 2019 if you are applying in the First Application Period (April Admission)
     September 18, 2019 if you are applying in the Second Application Period (April Admission)
     December 18, 2019 if you are applying in the First Application Period (September Admission)
     January 30, 2020 if you are applying in the Second Application Period (September Admission)
  • With regard to the score report, we consider your highest section scores across all SAT test dates that you submit.

ACT Plus Writing

  • When requesting your scores, indicate our institution code number: 5279
  • Make sure to arrange score report delivery no later than one month before the submission deadline.

International Baccalaureate: IB Full Diploma

Applicants who will obtain IB final grades after the application submission deadline

Request that your school issue your IB predicted grades using the form that can be downloaded from here and send it with your transcript. Decisions will be made based on your predicted IB grades and other application documents. However, acceptance may be conditional upon receipt of the final IB results.
Please also request that your IB coordinator or guidance counselor to have your final IB results sent to ICU electronically through the IB organization.

Applicants who already have the IB Diploma final grades

Please arrange the result of your IB final grades to be sent to ICU electronically through the IB organization or have your school prepare a certified copy of your IB results.


Canada: Completion of Required Curriculum for University Entrance

Applicants educated in a Canadian-based educational system must complete the curriculum and/or examination that is required in order to enter a four-year university in Canada.

British Columbia: English 12 (or English 12 First Peoples) and three Grade 12 academic courses*
*The subject of your native language or language spoken at home will not be counted.
Ontario: Six Grade 12 4U/4M courses including English 4U
Alberta: Five Grade 12 academic courses numbered 30/31 including English Language Arts 30-1.

For other provinces, please consult Admissions Center in advance if you are unsure about your educational certification.

For September applicants: Please send us all documents, except the final result of these examination, by March 12, 2020. Your admission decision will be made after the receipt of your results in July or August.


UK:GCE Advanced Level and GCSE

Applicants educated in a British-based educational system are to submit an official or certified copy of the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A Level) and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), indicating passes in five subjects, ideally one from each of the subject groups: Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Languages. Of the five passes, two must be at the GCE A Level.

    • Please submit the following documents with your term reports / transcripts. Remember to have them all enclosed in an envelope that has been sealed and signed across the flap by a school official.
      - a certified copy(ies) of GCSE certificate(s)
      -(a certified copy(ies) of GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) statement of results or certificate(s).) : Required only for applicants who have AS results.
      -a certified copy of GCE A Level (A2) Grades*

*Applicants who will obtain GCE A Level final grades after the application submission deadline

Request that your school issue your GCE A Level predicted grades and send it with your transcript. Decisions will be made based on your predicted GCE A Level grades and other application documents. However, acceptance will be conditional and confirmed when final GCE A Level results become available. Please also request that your school or the testing institution have your final GCE A Level results sent to ICU.

Applicants who already have the GCE A Level final grades

Please arrange the result of your GCE A Level final grades to be sent to ICU from the testing institution or have your school prepare a certified copy in addition to the documents above.

  • For applicants originally from non-English speaking countries, except those who have spent their junior and senior high school years - approximately six years - in a British school system, it is recommended to take English Language in the Language subject group.
  • Subjects of your native language(s) or languages spoken at home are not accepted to fulfill the above requirement.

France: French Baccalauréat

Applicants educated in a French-based educational system are to submit an official or certified copy of the Baccalauréat examination certificate.

For September applicants:Please send us all documents, except the final result of Baccalauréat, by March 12, 2020. Your admission decision will be made after the receipt of your Baccalauréat results in June or July.


Germany: Abitur

Applicants educated in a German-based educational system are to submit an official or certified copy of the Abitur certificate.

For September applicants:Please send us all documents, except the final result of Abitur, by March 12, 2020. Your admission decision will be made after the receipt of your Abitur results in June.


Australia

Applicants educated in an Australian-based educational system are to submit an official, certified copy of examination results and certificates that qualify you to enter Australian universities. Please note that the names of each certificate listed below may be different depending on your graduation year.

Australian Capital Territory ACT Senior Secondary Certificate + Tertiary Entrance Statement (TES) + Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) + HSC Record of Achievement + Course reports + Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
Queensland Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) + Tertiary Entrance Statement including OP & FP + Senior Statement
Western Australia Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) + ATAR Course Report + Statement of Achievement + Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
South Australia South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) + Record of Achievement + Tertiary Entrance Statement (TES) including Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
Victoria Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) + Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) + Statement of Results
Tasmania Tasmanian Certificate of Education + Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) + Qualifications Certificate
Northern Territory Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) + Record of Achievement + Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

For April applicants: Please send us all documents, except the final results, by October 30,2019. Your admission decision will be made after the receipt of your results in December.


New Zealand: NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance

Applicants educated in a New Zealand-based educational system are to submit an official or certified copy of the Record of Achievement and School Results Summary showing NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance.

For April applicants:Please send us all documents, except the final results of these examinations, by October 30,2019. Your admission decision will be made after the receipt of your results in January.


Japan: SAT (with Essay), ACT Plus Writing or GCE Advanced Level

Applicants educated in a Japanese-based educational system are to submit an official score report of SAT (with Essay), ACT Plus Writing or GCE Advanced Level.


Korea: College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)

Applicants educated in a Korean-based educational system are to submit an official report of CSAT results issued in English.

For April applicants:Please send us all documents, except the final results of CSAT, by October 30,2019. Your admission decision will be made after the receipt of your results in December.


Hong Kong: Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

4 Core Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects (in Category A) are required.

-Those who have not taken Chinese Language will be required to submit 3 Elective Subjects.
-Mathematics Extended Part Module 1 and 2 can be used to meet the elective requirement. If taking both M1 and M2, they are counted as one subject only.

Applicants who will obtain the final results of HKDSE after the application submission deadline

Request that your school issue your HKDSE predicted grades and send it with your transcript. Decisions will be made based on your predicted grades of HKDSE and other application documents. However, acceptance will be conditional and confirmed when final HKDSE results become available.

Please also request that your school or the testing institution have your final HKDSE results sent to ICU.

Applicants who already have the final results of HKDSE

Please arrange the result of your HKDSE to be sent to ICU from the testing institution or have your school prepare a certified copy.

    Indonesia: Ijazah SMA (Upper Secondary Cert. of Completion) & SKHUN (Cert. of Graduation)

    Applicants educated in an Indonesian-based educational system are to submit an official report of Ijazah SMA including Ujian Nasional (Upper Secondary Certificate of Completion) + SKHUN (Certificate of Graduation).

    For September applicants: Please send us all documents, except these certificates, by March 12,2020. Your admission decision will be made after the receipt of your results.

    Singapore: Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level & A-level

    Applicants educated in a Singapore-based educational system are to submit an official report of Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level & A-level.

    Other countries

    The following educational certifications may be considered as the minimum required for consideration for undergraduate admissions. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit additional examination results, therefore, please make sure to consult Admissions Center before applying.

    Please note that the educational certifications listed below are subject to change due to the educational reform of its country.

    China PRC Senior High School Graduation Examination + Chinese National University Entrance Examinations (統一考試)
    India All India Senior School Certificate awarded by CBSE/Indian Certificate of Secondary Education awarded by CISCE, etc.
    Malaysia STPM or UEC
    Mexico Bachillerato + University entrance examination
    Myanmar Upper Secondary School Diploma + entrance examination results
    Netherlands VWO Diploma
    Nigeria Senior Secondary Certificate & Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination result
    Russia Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary General Education) + the result of entrance examinations
    Uganda Uganda Certificate of Education(UCE) + Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education(UACE)
    Philippines

    Those who graduated from high school before 2017: Second year completed at an accredited university + SAT(with Essay), ACT Plus Writing or GCE A level

    Those who are expected to graduate from high school after 2018: SAT(with Essay), ACT Plus Writing or GCE A level

    updated in April 2019

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